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22 MEATY TRUTHS Choosing Meat that’s Sustainable and Safe by Melinda Hemmelgarn




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hen we started planning for this month's issue we decided on a theme having to do with healthy eating. Much of our food-related content over the years, admittedly, has had a mostly 'vegetarian' theme to it. This month we have decided to bring you a wide variety of options, including both plant-based and meat-related, with a "Food Matters" theme. Most of us realize that plant-based foods don't carry many of the issues created during production that meatbased foods do. The use of hormones, antibiotics, GMO's, huge factory farms and more tend to drive many people away from eating meats. And it's not just the issue of one's health. The impact of massproduced meats on our environment is horrible. Knowing this, you'll find that one of our features this month, "Meaty Truths," provides information on choosing meat that is both safe to eat and produced in a sustainable manner. Most of the meats in this category are by nature locallygrown, grass-fed, as well as natural and organic. We're happy to report that many such farms, most family-owned, exist here in Michigan. In fact, there's a good chance that if you purchase organic, grass-fed meats at any of your local groceries, they came from one of these farms. We even mention a few in the article. Check them out. So if you choose to eat meat, we recommend you eat the healthiest meats available. Like everything else, consumer demand determines what is readily available to us. When more organic meats are purchased, more will become available, making it easier for everyone in Michigan to both find and choose the healthiest options available. The same holds true for all foods, including non-meat foods and vegetables. And we didn't forget our vegan/vegetarian readers this month. For those of you in this group, check out our "Taste the Rainbow" article. You won't be disappointed. Plus, there's more in this month's issue to help you live a healthy, earthfriendly lifestyle, including many more articles, news items and our local events calendar. Be sure to watch for next month's issue. Typically much of the content in our April issue is environmentally-related, in honor of Earth Day, but we've added a special section on detoxifying the body of environmental toxins, heavy metals and more. Expect it to be available the last week of March. Finally, we've reached that time of year when the expos, festivals and fairs will begin taking place. You'll find information on the major events in our community that you can attend, starting in this month's magazine and continuing over the next few months. There's a lot going on in East Michigan! So until next month, stay happy and healthy...naturally

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n Sunday, April 24, from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., VegFest returns to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Presented by VegMichigan, VegFest features notable local and national speakers, including actress Simone Reyes, animal rights activist and star of the reality TV show “Running Russell Simmons”; Dr. Alan Goldhamer, founder of California’s innovative True North Health Center; NBA champ John Salley, back by popular demand; and Nathan Runkle, founder of the international animal advocacy group Mercy for Animals. “It’s the largest celebration of plant-based food, products and resources in the state,” says Paul Krause, president of VegMichigan. “We aim to show people how easy it is to transition to a plant-based lifestyle, and how quickly and dramatically it can change your life.” In addition to speakers addressing the health, environmental and ethical benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, the event offers food demonstrations; tasty vegan food samples from local restaurants, bakeries, caterers and national brands; a diverse array of exhibitors showcasing eco-friendly and cruelty-free products, healthy goods, services and more; plus literature, cookbooks and children’s activities. Whole Foods Market and the Medicine Cabinet Pharmacy of Southfield are sponsoring the event, with support from Better Health Stores, 93.9 The River, A Well-Fed World/Plants-4-Hunger and others. Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. Admission is $12 prepaid or $15 at the door; free for children under 6 and free for VegMichigan members. For memberships and information on sponsorship, exhibiting, volunteering or the day's schedule, call VegMichigan toll free at 877-778-3464 or visit See ad page 39.

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ating an apple before buying groceries may help consumers make healthier shopping decisions. This was the finding of three studies on healthy food purchasing conducted by Aner Tal, Ph.D., and Brian Wansink, Ph.D. In the research, published in the scientific journal Psychology and Marketing, 120 shoppers were given an apple sample, a cookie sample or nothing before they began shopping. The researchers found those that ate the apple purchased 28 percent more fruits and vegetables than those given the cookie, and 25 percent more fruits and vegetables than those given nothing. A related study by Tal and Wansink investigated virtual shopping decisions. After being given a cookie or an apple, 56 subjects were asked to imagine they were grocery shopping. They were shown 20 pairs of products—one healthy and the other unhealthy—and asked to select the one they would buy. Consistent with the results of the first study, those that ate the apple most often chose the healthy option.

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Magnolia Bark Knocks Out Head and Neck Cancer Cells


ead and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth, throat (pharynx and larynx), sinuses and salivary glands. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, more than 55,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancer, and almost 13,000 die from these diseases annually. A study from the University of Alabama and the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center found that a magnolia herb extract called honokiol may treat these cancers. It tested human cancer cell lines in the laboratory from different parts of the body, including the mouth, larynx, tongue and pharynx. The researchers found that the honokiol extract halted the growth of each of these cancer cells and induced cell death. Lead researcher Dr. Santosh K. Katiyar and his colleagues wrote, “Conclusively, honokiol appears to be an attractive, bioactive, small-molecule phytochemical for the management of head and neck cancer, which can be used either alone or in combination with other available therapeutic drugs.”

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The government of Guatemala has repealed legislation dubbed the “Monsanto law”, which was approved last year to grant the biotech giant special expansion rights into ecologically sensitive territory, after widespread public protest. The demonstrations included groups of indigenous Mayan people, joined by social movements, trade unions and farmers’ and women’s organizations. Following political party battles, the Guatemalan Congress decided not to just review the legislation, but instead cancel it outright. The Monsanto law would have given exclusivity on patented seeds to a handful of transnational companies. Mayan people and social organizations claim that the new law would have violated their constitution and the Mayan people’s right to traditional cultivation of the land in their ancestral territories. Lolita Chávez, of the Mayan People’s Council, states, “Corn taught us Mayan people about community life and its diversity, because when one cultivates corn, one realizes that a variety of crops such as herbs and medicinal plants depend on the corn plant, as well.” Source:

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College Cafeterias Lead the Way in Sustainable Eating Colleges and universities are changing how they purchase and prepare food in their dining halls to provide students healthy, sustainable meal options, with many of them working to source food locally. American University, in Washington, D.C., purchases more than a third of the food served in its cafeterias within 250 miles of its campus. McGill University, in Montreal, spends 47 percent of its food budget on produce from its own campus farm and growers within 300 miles. Middlebury College, in Vermont, partners with seasonal local vendors, including those operating its own organic farm. Taking it a step further, Boston University cafeterias serve meal options that include organic, fair trade, free-range, vegetarian-fed, hormone- and antibioticfree, sustainably harvested food items to students. Cornell University composts about 850 tons of food waste from its dining halls each year. At Duke University, surplus food is donated to food banks, and both pre- and post-consumer scraps are composted. Other steps include the University of California, Berkeley’s new Global Food Initiative to address food security in a way that’s both nutritious and sustainable, and efforts at the University of Illinois to recycle cooking oil for biodiesel production.

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Insect expert and bug farmer Sarah Beynon, Ph.D., a research associate for England’s University of Oxford, reports, “Two billion people eat insects every day, and not just in the West. In fact, insects are extremely good for you and eating them is good for the planet, too.” Western governments are enthusiastic about the potential of entomophagy—the human practice of eating insects—for feeding growing numbers of people sustainably. By 2050, humans will require 70 percent more food, 120 percent more water and 42 percent more cropland. Meat production is predicted to double, and conventional production consumes extraordinary volumes of land and water resources. A recent British Food and Agriculture Organisation report suggests that there are more than 1,000 known species of edible insects. Insects are extremely nutritious, containing lots of calcium, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids, and are low in cholesterol. They’re also packed with protein; by weight, crickets can contain more protein than beef.

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n his essay The Pleasures of Eating, Wendell Berry, a Kentucky farmer and poet, writes: “If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.” He, like a growing number of conscious eaters, wants no part of the industrial meat system in which animals are raised in concentrated animal feeding operations. Media coverage has helped educate consumers previously unaware of how their food is produced and why it matters. The documentary film Food Inc., as well as books like Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser and The Chain, by Ted Genoways, describe common livestock industry practices that mistreat animals, pollute water and air, endanger workers and threaten public health. With increased understanding of the connections between diet and health, climate, environment and social justice, even many Americans that still like the taste of hamburger and steak have sided with Berry; they want sustainably raised, humane and healthful red meat.

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Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee attempted to include the concept of sustainability. The committee, which included top nutrition scientists, defined sustainable diets as “a pattern of eating that promotes health and well-being and provides food security for the present population while sustaining human and natural resources for future generations.” It made the case that a diet higher in plant-based foods and lower in animalbased foods both promotes health and protects the environment—resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions, and less energy, land and water use. But political pressure from the livestock industry prevailed, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell jointly announced, “We do not believe that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the appropriate vehicle for this important policy conversation about sustainability.” Instead, they advised the committee to focus solely on nutritional and dietary information. In her book Food Politics, nutritionist and author Marion Nestle explains that recommendations to decrease consumption have never been popular with the food industry. Nonetheless, Roni Neff, Ph.D., who directs the Center for a Livable Future’s

Food System Sustainability and Public Health Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, recommends consuming less red meat in particular, because of its large environmental footprint. Neff points out, “Thirty percent of greenhouse gas emissions are connected to red meat.” However, not all red meat is created equal. In her book Defending Beef, environmental lawyer and cattle rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman makes a case for sustainable meat production, noting, “Well-managed grazing could be part of an effective strategy to combat climate change.” In their book The New Livestock Farmer, authors Rebecca Thistlethwaite and Jim Dunlop praise the increase in farmers producing pasture-raised, ethical meats and the growing number of farmers selling directly to people that reject the industrial system. Neff likewise supports such sustainable livestock agriculture, which integrates pasture-raised animals on farms, rather than isolating them on feedlots, where they typically eat a grain-based diet (such as genetically engineered corn) and receive growth stimulants, including hormones and antibiotics.

Risky Hormones and Antibiotics Mike Callicrate, a St. Francis, Kansas, rancher educated in the industrial model of meat production, is considered an expert on its negative consequences. He served as an advisor for Food Inc., and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Callicrate observes, “The same chemical compounds that athletes are banned from using in baseball are used to produce our food animals, which our children eat in the hot dogs at the ballgame.” According to the USDA, about 90 percent of feedlot cattle receive hormone implants to promote growth. Yet the European Union Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures Relating to Public Health reports that the use of natural and artificial growth hormones in beef production poses a potential risk to human health, especially among children. Concerns about growth-promoting

drugs led the American Academy of Pediatrics to call for studies that directly measure their impact on children through milk and meat. The President’s Cancer Panel Report on Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk also states, “Growth hormones may contribute to endocrine disruption in humans.” Their dietary recommendations include choosing meat raised without hormones and antibiotics.

Rising Resistance Antibiotic resistance is now one of the world’s most critical public health problems, and it’s related to misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Antibiotic resistance— when bacteria don’t respond to the drugs designed to kill them—threatens to return us to the time when simple infections were often fatal.” Veterinarian and food safety consultant Gail Hansen, of Washington, D.C., explains that bacteria naturally develop resistance anytime we use antibiotics. “The problem is overuse and misuse; that’s the recipe for disaster.” She explains that more than 70 percent

Because climate change is accelerating and is already causing a multitude of adverse effects, and the footprint of our current food system is massive, we urgently need to create a national food supply that is both healthy and sustainable. ~Dr. Walter Willett, Harvard School of Public Health of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. are not used to treat sick animals, but to promote growth and reduce the risk of infection related to raising animals in unsanitary, overcrowded spaces. A recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states: Adding antibiotics to the feed of healthy livestock “often leave the drugs ineffective when they are needed to treat

infections in people.” The AAP supports buying meat from organic farms, because organic farming rules prohibit the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics. Stacia Clinton, a registered dietitian in Boston who works with the international nonprofit Health Care Without Harm, assists hospitals in both reducing meat on their menus and increasing purchases of meat from animals raised without antibiotics. The goal is to reduce the growing number of antibiotic-resistant infections that cost hospitals and patients billions of dollars each year. A Friends of the Earth report, Chain Reaction: How Top Restaurants Rate on Reducing Use of Antibiotics in Their Meat Supply, revealed that most meat served by American’s top chain restaurants come from animals raised in industrial facilities where they are fed antibiotics. Only two out of 25 chains, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread, report that the majority of their meat is raised without routine antibiotics. A recent study by Consumers Union also found antibiotic-resistant bacteria on retail meat samples nationwide.

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In California, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 27, making his the first state to ban the use of routine low doses of antimicrobial drugs that are medically important to humans to promote livestock weight gain or feed efficiency. The bill doesn’t go into effect until January 2018, but will contribute to making meat safer and antibiotic drugs more effective.

Red and Processed Meats Targeted Dietary advice to reduce the consumption of red and processed meats, regardless of how the animals are raised, is not new. Kelay Trentham, a registered dietitian in Tacoma, Washington, who specializes in cancer prevention and treatment, points out that joint reports from the World Cancer Research Fund International and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) since 2007 have recommended restricting consumption of red meat to less than 18 ounces a week and avoiding processed meats. In 2015, the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified processed meat (like hot dogs, ham, sausages, corned beef and beef jerky) as “carcinogenic to humans” and red meat (beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse and goat) as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Risk increases with amount consumed, and the evidence is strongest for the relation of processed meats to colorectal cancer. Trentham explains some factors


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that can increase risk,” she says. Trentham and Karen Collins, a registered dietitian and advisor to the AICR, concur that the form of iron found in meat also contributes to cancer risk. Still, the IARC report recognizes, “Eating meat has known health benefits.” Meat is a rich source of protein and B vitamins, iron and zinc. Livestock feed further influences nutritional composition, with meat from cattle raised on pasture (grass) containing higher levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids compared to meat from animals fed grain. According to medical doctor and National Institutes of Health researcher Captain Joseph Hibbeln, consuming fewer omega-6 fatty acids and more omega-3s may be one of the most important dietary changes for cutting the risk of chronic diseases, reducing inflammation, improving mental health, enhancing children’s brain and eye development and reducing worldwide incidence of cardiovascular disease by 40 percent. When it comes to eating meat, the agricultural practices, quantity consumed, and methods of processing and cooking make a difference. It turns out that what’s good for the environment is good for animals and people, too. Melinda Hemmelgarn is an awardwinning registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with, in Columbia, MO. Connect at

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hen concurrent dangers arising from overpopulation, desertification (fertile land turning to desert) and climate change were just beginning to attract technological solutions, pioneers like Allan Savory, a young wildlife biologist in Zimbabwe, Africa, were researching how healthy soil captures carbon dioxide and stores it as carbon. It’s the way nature renders the most pervasive greenhouse gas more helpful than harmful and a major reason why this is not happening globally is because of desertification. This innovative game-changer has since received Australia’s 2003 Banksia International Award for “doing the most for the environment on a global scale” and the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, recognizing solutions that address humanity’s most pressing problems. The Savory Institute, founded in 2009, and its Africa Center for Holistic Management, demonstrate how using livestock to improve soil and decrease dependence on water— plus increase its ability to hold moisture and carbon—grows more grass and improves profits for ranchers, landowners and investors.

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grasslands, their soils, soil life, plants and animals had evolved symbiotically with large, grazing herbivores of many species and pack-hunting predators. As my inquiry led beyond Africa, I noticed that the same was true of similar ecosystems worldwide, including those of the U.S. Great Plains. Long ago, the Great Plains supported herbivores that traveled in immense herds for safety from predators. Where there are now approximately 11 large mammal species, there were once more than 50. The trampling of dung and urine, as well as grazing of such vast numbers constantly on the move, developed deep carbon-storing and rain-holding soils that also break down methane. Only in the presence of large roaming herds of herbivores periodically working the surface soil does this happen; it works much like a gardener does, breaking bare surfaces and covering them with litter and dung. Only in this way do grasslands thrive.

How did this revolutionize your thinking about land and livestock management? Being trained at a university to believe that grazing livestock causes land degradation blinded me to the deeper understanding that humans’ management of the animals, not the animals themselves, has been the problem. Historically, the healthiest soils in the world’s vast grain-growing regions were those that had supported the largest

populations of natural wildlife and intact pack-hunting predators. We now have in hand a natural solution able to reverse U.S. and global desertification, which is contributing to increasing severity and frequency of floods and droughts, poverty, social breakdown, violence, pastoral genocide and mass movement into cities and across national borders. Restoring brilliant natural functions through holistic management of even half of the world’s grasslands has the potential to pull all of the legacy carbon out of the atmosphere, put it back into the ground where it belongs and keep it there for thousands of years. Livestock aided by holistic, planned grazing that mimics nature can return Earth’s atmosphere to preindustrial carbon levels while feeding people with cleaner meat. I can think of almost nothing that offers more hope for our planet for generations to come. In fact, it has so many benefits—including an eventual net cost of zero or less—that even if climate change wasn’t an issue, we should be doing it anyway.

How is holistic pasturing proceeding? Ultimately, the only sustainable economy for any nation is derived from growing plants on regenerating soil. Today’s conventional agriculture is producing more than 75 billion tons of dead, eroding soil every year—more than 10 tons for every human alive. The largest areas of the world’s land are either grasslands or former grasslands. Holistic, planned grazing to reverse desertification has gained support from thousands of individual ranchers, scientists, researchers, pastoralists and farmers. Currently, it is practiced on more than 30 million acres over six continents with encouraging success. The Savory Institute encourages and links locally led and managed holistic management hubs around the world, now numbering 30 in Africa, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Sweden, Turkey, the UK and U.S., with more forming every year. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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he focus of functional medicine— whole person health care—easily expands to include dentists trained in oral systemic health. Currently embraced by a small percentage of today’s farsighted dentists and doctors, this relatively new field of prevention and wellness views the mouth as a key portal when considering the status of the whole body. Similar to the way doctors of Oriental medicine assess the heart’s pulse to help diagnose health issues throughout the body, these systemic health dentists consider the gums, tongue, teeth and throat to be key signals of overall health. American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) Executive Director Bobbie Delsasso was a peri-

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ny discussion of dentistry and health needs to include the topic of dental mercury. Mercury makes up approximately 50% of silver-colored fillings and is still very much in use today as a “serviceable material.” By itself, mercury is toxic, and it was once thought of as bound to the other dissimilar metals in an amalgamation. Science has known for decades that the mercury component leaks or leaches out of the filling. This occurs mainly whenever we chew, grind our teeth or drink something warm. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no safe level of 28

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odontal hygienist for more than 30 years before becoming a consultant and public speaker on the larger perspective. “I taught patients about the importance of good nutrition and alerted them to consult their physician regarding what their mouth health might indicate about their body’s health,” she says. While the academy educates dental professionals to understand the internal workings of nutrition and what the mouth reveals about overall well-being, “Less than 6 percent of physicians even learn adequate basics of nutrition in medical schools,” she notes.

riology and Vascular Inflammation – The Oral/Systemic Connection, based on a course designed for medical professionals by physician Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, co-founders of the Bale/Doneen Method for the prevention of heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Mike Milligan, a doctor of dental medicine, founder of Eastland Dental Center, in Bloomington, Illinois, and AAOSH president, explains that heart attack and stroke are triggered by an inflammatory process which can be initiated or exacerbated by periodontal disease and abscessed teeth. Thomas Nabors, a doctor of dental surgery and an authority in molecular analysis and genetic risk assessment for peri-

Cardiovascular Health Links Beyond nutrition, academy curricula for dentists now include such titles as Arte-

mercury in the human body. Further, “exposure to mercury – even small amounts – may cause serious health problems, and is a threat to the development of the child in utero and early in life.” - WHO Factsheet updated Jan. 2016 Mercury is also a neurotoxin, and may have devastating effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes. It is considered by WHO as one of the top ten chemicals, or groups of chemicals, of major public health concern. Because dental fillings are really implants, and they’re just inches from your brain or the brain of a developing child, the only way to get rid of mercury is to totally replace the filling with

newer, more biologically compatible materials. According to OSHA, dentists need to treat the removed mercury filling material as a biohazard, because even the smallest particles can contaminate our water system. Mercury is still used in dentistry because it’s cheap, but just like choosing to drink filtered water, you still have a choice in your dental materials. Sherry Regiani, SHRM-CP, is Practice Administrator for Regiani Holistic Dental Center (mercury free/mercury safe since Feb 1981), 10435 Ortonville Rd, Suite B, Clarkston, MI. For more info: 248-625-5222, or find them on their Facebook page at RegianiHolisticDental. See ad page 11.

odontal diseases, provides clinical proof that supports the growing association between medicine and dentistry. “Since our inaugural AAOSH conference [in 2010], Bradley, Amy and Tom have continued to provide the current science and clinical backdrop to the oral/systemic connection to cardiovascular wellness,” says Milligan.

Respiratory Health Links

Other vital advances in oral systemic health involve treating airway concerns such as snoring and sleep apnea. “Snoring is typically caused by muscles and tissues relaxing in the throat and mouth, resulting in decreased space in the airway passage and vibration of tissues. Eventually, individuals can develop sleep apnea, which can also result in hypertension and other problems,” advises Milligan. In sleep apnea, the sleeper’s breathing pauses often or produces hypopnea, slowed or shallow breathing for 10 or more seconds at a time. Fewer than five episodes per hour is normal, with five to 15 considered mild apnea, 15 to 30 moderate and more than 30 severe. Although 20 percent of Americans may have sleep apnea—typically associated with insomnia, tiredness and less oxygen in the body—95 percent of affected individuals go undiagnosed. To help, Milligan suggests that before going to bed we lower the thermostat in the bedroom and avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, watching television or working on a computer. Improved breathing helps assuage snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, hay fever and nasal congestion. Milligan cites Patrick McKeown’s work, explained in his book The Oxygen Advantage.

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The Oral Health-Whole Body Health Connection by Heather Pranzarone Stratton, DDS


he mountain of evidence that supports the oral health-overall health connection has seen incredible growth and advancement over the past few years. There is no longer a question as to “if” the soft tissues in the mouth are connected to the rest of the body. Research shows that more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum problems. Some of these diseases include, Diabetes, Leukemia, oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, heart disease and kidney disease Dentists can easily find evidence of gum disease-causing bacteria creating challenges in tissues throughout the body. New research has confirmed that chronic, low-grade infections in the mouth increases systemic inflammation and has an impact on every system in the body. It has provided an answer to the age old question, “Can what’s in my mouth make me sick?” That answer is a resounding YES. These facts are forcing us to rethink oral health and the importance An authority on the Buteyko Breathing Method, McKeown explains how improved breathing dramatically improves oxygenation, releases more energy and supports lifelong health and well-being. Muscle retraining using orofacial

of seeing a dentist regularly. Often times it will be the dentist that will identify these sign and symptoms of systemic disease during a regular oral examination. The significance of these numerous mouthbody and oral-systemic connections highlight the importance of preventing and treating oral disease which has mounting and profound medical impacts on “whole body” health. Today, dentists are now thought of as the Oral Physician and some have received specialized training, through continuing education, to become the experts in the oral healthwhole body health connections. By embracing the emerging science, these dentists are now an integral part of a patient’s total health and wellness plan. With continued learning and application of the knowledge of the mouth-body connection, patients everywhere will enjoy the resulting benefits of improved oral and total health, healing, longevity and wellness. Dr. Heather Pranzarone Stratton practices at HPS Advanced Dental Care, 4741 24 Mile Road, Ste. C Shelby Township. For info: 248-652-0024, or See ad page 33. myofunctional therapy can help prevent sleep apnea and also abate temporomandibular joint disorders. This new field is concerned with orofacial functional patterns and postures when teeth are apart, their status 95 percent of each

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day and night. It also retrains muscles to keep the tongue at the roof of the mouth and the lips together to prevent breathing through the mouth, correct swallowing function and eliminate poor oral habits such as thumb sucking. Three mechanical treatments for sleep apnea include mandibular advancement oral devices used to move the lower jaw forward, a continuous positive airway pressure machine to aid airway functioning, or surgery, which is the last resort. “The real opportunity for catching and preventing this is with children 5 to 10 years old, when their jaws are developing,” says Milligan. He further cites links discovered between the mouth and brain. “Oral spirochetes, which normally live in the mouth, have been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Judith Miklossy, from the International Association for Alzheimer’s, spoke at an AAOSH conference about the link between oral bacteria and dementia, and Garth Ehrlich, Ph.D., professor of microbiology, immunology and otolaryngology at Drexel University College of Medicine, addressed rheumatoid arthritis and certain types of cancers.

The Body's Acupuncture System and Your Teeth by David Ewing, DDS


ach tooth is related to a particular acupuncture meridian through which energy flows. Dentists familiar with the meridian tooth chart can often assess a patient's general state of health, or a certain pathologic condition, with an examination of the oral environment. In one example, patient "Donna" suffered from migraine headaches since age 12. Because of the pain, Donna was forced to go home from work several times a month. This was compounded by pain in the neck extending into her right shoulder. For years, she had been prescribed codeine to combat her pain. In her case, dental therapy involved the placement and adjustment of a dental bite splint and a very conservative bite, or occlusal, adjustment. The bite splint related to the acupuncture system. Within eight weeks Donna was

All of these links are more than enough reasons why good oral hygiene is essential to good health,” says Milligan. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at pain-free. In another case, "Eric," a carpenter suffered from a sore right shoulder. Dental examination revealed that Eric was missing his lower-right first molar. In his case, dental therapy involved the placement of a fixed lower-right bridge to replace the missing tooth. The pain was resolved three weeks later. What these two patients have in common and how their treatment is related, is that your teeth are part of the body's acupuncture system. A specific tooth, or its absence, can actually influence another part of the body. While much more study and discussion of the relationship between teeth and the body's acupuncture system is needed, this dental therapy offers an opportunity to assist in the fight against chronic pain. David Ewing, DDS, is also a Licensed Professional Counselor, and practices at Gateway Dental, 5321 Gateway Centre, Flint, MI. For more information, call 810235-7300. See ad page 7.


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oloring books are no longer solely the domain of children. Immersion in this fun, creative pastime by adults even for just 30 minutes can constitute a focused meditation that relieves stress. Doctor of Psychology Nikki Martinez, in Chicago, says that famed psychotherapist Carl Jung believed coloring helps patients release anxiety. “It uses both sides of the brain and improves organizational and fine motor skills,” says Martinez. “After I underwent a major surgery, I was on bed rest for eight weeks, and adult coloring books were a lifesaver. They passed the time, were pretty and kept me in a constant state of calm. I devoured them.” Publishers Weekly reported combined 2015 sales of 1.75 million copies for the 10 bestselling adult coloring books through November. This trend was years in the making, originating when parents colored with their kids and sometimes on their own. Adults around the world now join coloring book clubs, hold related parties and take coloring breaks at work. Last fall, Barnes & Noble hosted the one-day AllAmerican Art Unwind, where customers colored and uploaded their results to Instagram and Twitter. Hallmark sent a crew of artists and calligraphers to select locations to help customers color their greeting cards. “We scheduled a coloring session for a 55-plus community workshop,” relates Ninah Kessler, a licensed clinical social worker with the Sparks of Genius Brain Optimization Center, in Boca

Raton, Florida. “People had so much fun they wouldn’t leave. It’s creative, portable and inexpensive. You never face blank paper because the lines are there; you just pick the colors. There’s no stress about possibly making mistakes.” “Animals, jungle or floral themes, and Zen-inspired mandalas are popular. Customers like realistic, intricate drawings,” explains Idalia Farrajota, a Dallas executive with Michaels craft stores, which offers free, in-store coloring sessions and provides supplies. (Download a free sample book at BotanicalColoringPages.) Johanna Basford, a renowned illustrator from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is a hit with colorists, catering to their penchant for nature with Secret Garden, Enchanted Forest and her latest, Lost Ocean. “My daughter wanted to color her life, not do generic drawings,” says Dieter Marlovics, prompting him to establish, in Chicago. “Really-Color converts photos into coloring book pages to make individually tailored pages.” Try these eco-tips: Sprout pencils, made with sustainable wood and fruitand-vegetable-based dyed clay instead of lead, are topped by non-GMO seeds that can be planted when the pencil becomes short. Inktense’s water-soluble brightly colored pencils mimic pen and ink; add water for translucency. Select recycled paper books, soy crayons, watercolor paints and non-toxic markers. Editor's note: Interested in this topic? Read this article on our website & download a FREE adult coloring page to try.

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Taste the Rainbow, Expand Your Palate with New Colorful Veggies by Judith Fertig


mericans’ vegetable habits are in a rut. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 50 percent of the vegetables and legumes available in this country in 2013 were either tomatoes or potatoes. Lettuce came in third, according to new data released in 2015, advises Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating.   Further, 87 percent of U.S. adults

did not meet basic vegetable serving recommendations from 2007 through 2010, a fact cited in the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. Yet, urban supermarkets overflow with a wealth of common and exotic vegetables, often displayed sideby-side: broccoli and broccolini, green bell and Japanese shishito peppers, and iceberg lettuce and leafy mâche, or lamb’s lettuce.

Trying one new vegetable dish a week is a great way to increase our vegetable literacy, says functional medicine expert Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Our diet should be 60 percent produce—40 percent vegetables and 20 percent fruit,” she says. “To keep this sustainable for the long term, we should eat what tastes good, not what we think is good for us. Some days, we crave the sweetness of carrots; other days, the bitterness of artichokes or the heat of hot peppers. Our bodies can tell us what we need.”  

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Going Green. Dark green and slightly peppery arugula is good with a little olive oil and lemon juice. Finely shredded Brussels sprouts bulk up a mixed salad, while adding the benefits of a cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetable. Instead of mineral-rich baby spinach, try baby Swiss chard, suggests Matthew Kadey, a registered dietician in Waterloo, Ontario. He also suggests microgreens, the tiny shoots of radishes, cabbage, broccoli and kale, all rich in vitamins C and E.   Squash It. Varieties of summer and winter squash add color, body and flavor to one-dish meals, with the added benefits of B vitamins, magnesium and fiber. LeAnne Campbell, Ph.D., author of The China Study Cookbook, simmers a mix of fresh chopped vegetables including yellow summer squash or


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Eating a rich variety of plant-based foods is fast, easy and satisfying. ~LeAnne Campbell zucchini, and flavors with coconut and curry powder. Vegan Chef Douglas McNish, of Toronto, makes an okra and squash gumbo in the slow cooker.   Sneak in a Smoothie. Change up a smoothie routine by swapping out the usual baby spinach for a blend of cucumber, apple and fresh mint, or else sweet potato and carrot, suggests Sidney Fry, a registered dietitian and Cooking Light editor, in Birmingham, Alabama.   Snack Attack. An array of colorful vegetables served with dips and spreads can be an easy way to experiment with veggies. Carrots in deep red, vibrant yellow, purple and orange are delicious raw and supply beta-carotene, promoting eye health. Leaves from pale green Belgian endive spears are tender and crunchy. Orange or “cheddar” cauliflower has a more creamy and sweet flavor than its pale cousin.    “Colors equal health, and the more colors we eat, the better our overall health,” says Susan Bowerman, a registered dietitian, lecturer in food science and nutrition at California State Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo, and co-author of What Color Is Your Diet? “We also have to be willing to try new foods or new varieties of foods, or maybe to prepare unfamiliar foods in a way that will make them taste good, so that we will be willing to add more plant foods to our diet.” Judith Fertig blogs at from Overland Park, KS.



ental caries (tooth decay) is the single most common chronic childhood and adolescent disease – 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recent studies have also shown a link between oral disease and low birth weight, cardiovascular disease, respiratory infection, and diabetes. All of this reinforces what we have all known for a long time – the health of your mouth affects your overall health.

the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the first visit to the dentist should be when the first tooth comes in, usually between 6 and 12 months of age. According to Dr. Heather, “children that see visit a dentist on a regular basis take better care of their teeth and gums and do not have the significant problems that are often present in children who never visit the dentist. This also gives us the opportunity to identify problems early before they escalate into larger, more expensive problems to treat.”

The good news is tooth decay can be prevented with self-care (daily brushing and flossing), sealants, and regular visits to your dentist for professional care.

“Many people are not aware that poor oral health can have serious effects on overall health. I have often heard people say, ‘Oh, they’re just baby teeth, they’ll fall out anyway.’ What they don’t realize is that if you have tooth decay early in childhood, you have a good predictor of future decay,” says Dr. Heather. “Establish good oral health habits early,” she continued. “When your child’s first tooth comes in you can wipe it with a washcloth or begin brushing. You can also begin using toothpaste, without fluoride, when their first tooth has come in. However, only use a pea-sized portion on the brush and press it into the bristles so your child won’t eat it. And, when the gaps between your child’s teeth close, it’s important to start flossing. Serve as a good role model by practicing good oral health care habits yourself. Check your child’s mouth for any signs of gum disease, including bleeding gums, swollen and bright red gums, gums that are receding away from the teeth and bad breath. Let’s all work together to ensure that nothing, including tooth decay and gum disease, is standing in our children’s way of getting the most out of the classroom.” For more information about HPS Advanced Dental Care and Dr. Heather Pranzarone Stratton or to reserve your time with her practice, call 248652-0024, or visit or They are located at 4741 24 Mile Road, Ste. C Shelby Township.

So, how does poor oral health affect your child’s learning or performance in school? Dental disease is one of the top causes of absenteeism among elementary school children. In a recent report, The Office of the U.S. Surgeon General called dental and oral diseases a “silent epidemic.” The report stated that nearly 52 million hours of school are lost each year due to dental-related illness. The symptom that goes hand-in-hand with dental disease is pain. Pain from oral disease will keep students from concentrating and learning to their fullest. “Any kind of pain or discomfort around the head will be a big distraction and keep their mind from focusing on the tasks at hand, like math, science, English, history, etc.,” says Heather Pranzarone Stratton, DDS, a family and cosmetic dentist in Shelby Township. “Pain and swelling are both symptoms of severe disease. Sadly, these severe cases are common in our classrooms,” Dr. Heather added. What can we do to improve our children’s oral health? Caring for your mouth requires daily attention, as well as visits to the dentist office for professional care on a regular basis – every 6 months. Remember, tooth decay is preventable. That is why it is vital that all children start seeing a dentist at an early age. According to


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Developing Gardens Instead of Golf Courses Agrihoods Use On-Site Farms to Draw Residents


by April Thompson

or thousands of homeowners in “agrihoods” across the U.S., homegrown is a way of life. Planned developments incorporating neighborhood agriculture are sprouting up in record numbers, according to Ed McMahon, a senior resident fellow specializing in sustainability with the Urban Land Institute. He estimates there are a few hundred agrihoods nationwide, in all regions and at all price points. “The trend is the convergence of several things, including a growing

interest in local business, local food, healthy lifestyles and the foodie culture,” says McMahon. He adds, “Today’s developers have to differentiate their properties to survive, and farms have become the new golf course of real estate development.” Agriculture is a far lower-cost amenity that can even return a modest profit by selling its harvest to the community. Beyond food, agrihoods help grow community, a huge draw for those living in isolated suburban areas. In 2014,

Abby and Michael Wheatfill moved their family to Agritopia, a planned community in Gilbert, Arizona, near Phoenix. Billed as an urban farm, the central feature of Agritopia’s 166 acres, knitting together commercial, agricultural and open space with 450 residential homes, is a working farm, with roving pigs, lambs and chickens, a citrus grove and rows of heirloom vegetables. Farm, family and community life are interwoven. The Wheatfills lease a plot in an on-site community garden. Other residents buy shares in the community supported agriculture project or purchase produce or eggs from the community farm on the honor system. “We especially love the narrow, tree-lined streets and wide porches, and that we can walk or bike to fun, locally sourced restaurants,” says Michael, a technology consultant. Private backyards are small in favor of community space, nudging residents to meet each other, Abby says. The Cannery, in Davis, California, is one of the newest agrihoods and also one of the few that redeveloped an industrial tract. This 100-acre development, still under construction, will feature 547 new homes on the former site of a tomato processing facility, in addition to affordable rentals for low-income families. Its heart and soul is a working farm that will feed the community’s households and supply its restaurants. The Cannery is a pioneer in clean green energy, with solar-powered homes, connections for electric cars, and many other energyconserving features. Thirsty homeowner lawns are prohibited in most of The Cannery’s mini-neighborhoods, but no home is more than 300 feet from

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Farm, a 346-acre, back-to-the-land project near Asheville, North Carolina. Its owners are transforming a failed high-end gated community and adjacent historic farm along the French Broad River into an agri-centered development featuring a blueberry orchard, community gardens, vegetable farm and greenhouse. “It’s vital that we re-localize our food supply,” says Olivette co-owner Tama Dickerson. “One of the first things we did was to incorporate this farm and see what areas we could preserve, because what you keep is just as important as what you develop.” Future plans include hiking trails, artist live-work spaces, tiny houses, little free libraries and a K-8 school. Agrihoods aren’t solely for agriburbs. Creative public housing developers are bringing agriculture to high-density neighborhoods. The smoke-free Healthy High-Rise Arbor House, a 124-unit, low-income apartment in the Bronx, in New York City, features a 10,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse and a living lobby wall that grows organic vegetables for

the community year-round. Residents can obtain a discounted share from the farm using SNAP benefits (food stamps) and take free classes in cooking fresh. Arbor House also allocates 40 percent of its rooftop crop harvests for the larger community. Agrihoods can take many forms, including those involving gardens cropping up in schools, parks and hospitals nationwide, as well as informal, guerilla gardens in vacant lots. Many cities, including Falls Church, Virginia, and Takoma Park, Maryland, have even changed local zoning laws so residents can keep chickens and bees in their backyards for eggs and honey, according to McMahon. “The era of the 2,000-mile Caesar salad has come to an end,” says McMahon, citing high transportation costs that make locally sourced food good for businesses and consumers alike. “The trend of growing food closer to home—in some cases at home—is here to stay.” Connect with April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at




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wake us up by coming into our bed each night. Once I realized I was anxious about her sleeping alone in her room and was able to instead trust she was okay, she easily slept through the night, waking more rested. My own anxiety was causing her sleep disturbances.” Christine Gipple, of Oaklyn, New Jersey, a practitioner of non-violent communication, shares, “When my daughter is chatty at bedtime and I’m past ready for her to be in bed, I have to

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Fostering Healthful Sleep by Stephanie Dodd

According to the American Psychological Association, up to 70 percent of children experience sleep disturbances that affect their emotional and physical well-being.


arents frequently awakened by a child’s interrupted slumber typically are torn between the need to care for their own health and that of their child. The goal is to meet everyone’s needs, so that adequate adult sleep doesn’t feel like child neglect. Solutions are feasible if the parent is emotionally equipped to feel continuing empathy for their little one and secure in their choices for resolution, regardless of setbacks or delays. Uncovering the real reasons that a child stays alert at bedtime or wakes during the night—such as inconsistent timing of sleep cycles, excessive 36

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fatigue, insufficient physical activity, hunger, pain, anxieties, inadequate downtime or a desire for continued interaction with a parent—is the first step. With so many variables, frustration can impede the workings of parental intuition, which is key to the process, as is testing individual possible solutions long enough to assess the result and then confidently move forward.

Parents should limit or eliminate artificial flavors, sweeteners and sugar; preferably at all times, but at least an hour before bedtime. ~ Sarah Outlaw, Health Coach consciously pause, or I can snap at her, thus delaying bedtime. Granting myself just five minutes to reset myself and be present in the moment before I gently re-engage is critical to the outcome.” Such checking in with ourselves helps keep a parent thinking positively. Law of Attraction specialist Cassie Parks, of Denver, Colorado, advises, “When you focus on the feeling you desire once a child is peacefully asleep, rather than the feeling you want to move away from, your chances for success greatly increase.” Noting how we envision nighttime unfolding or creating a nighttime vision board can help focus and maintain these feelings.

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Expecting a child to feel so empowered that they can fall asleep on their own is a good beginning. Lindsay Melda, of Atlanta, relates, “Our daughter used to

One method parents have successfully used is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). It involves light tapping on specific points along the body’s

energy meridians, like the collarbone or between the eyebrows, often accompanied by attention to current thoughts and feelings, in order to restore a balanced feeling. Karin Davidson, of Media, Pennsylvania, co-founder of the Meridian Tapping Techniques Association, says, “Including tapping with a supportive nighttime routine can be a godsend. It can relieve distress, whatever its source, increase feelings of security and promote a peaceful transition to sleep.” In clinical studies from the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare, EFT has been shown to counter the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, contributing to decreased sleep disturbances. Marissa Wolf, of The Woodlands, Texas, relates, “We moved here from San Diego when my son was 34 months old. He was acting out in ways I’d never seen before, mourning the loss of his routine. Within weeks after we started tapping before school and at night, he was back to his happy self. Last night, he simply went to bed and

Parents that model self-care help their children learn to care for themselves. ~ Sheila Pai, author, Nurturing You fell asleep. Now when I see his builtup emotions, I know we need to tap.” (To learn more about EFT methods, visit

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of the filtered water we drink. Supplementing with minerals like magnesium or enriching the diet with trace minerals, sea salt and mineral-rich bone broth will promote a healthy immune system, along with a nervous system programmed for sleep.” Outlaw also advises, “A whole foods diet is paramount to children’s health and sleep ability. Parents should limit or eliminate artificial flavors, sweeteners and sugar; preferably at all times, but at least an hour before bedtime.” When a parent takes the time to plan each step toward their goal of optimum sleep and feels secure in following through, they can create a personalized and consistent bedtime routine that fosters a sense of safety for children that feel heard and tended to and know what to expect. Children that gain the ability to naturally develop sleep skills reap lifelong health benefits. Stephanie Dodd is the author of the international bestseller, Good Baby, Bad Sleeper. She blogs at HeartCentered

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ROLLING FOR FITNESS DIY Rollers Ease Pain and Aid Flexibility by Randy Kambic


ore amateur and serious athletes, people wanting to ease stiffness due to sedentary work and seniors are enjoying a new DIY way to massage out the kinks at home that’s becoming recognized for its benefits by experts worldwide. For the first time, flexibility and mobility rolling ranks in the top 20 of the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends. Made predominantly of foam and hard rubber, the rollers can “massage, relieve muscle tightness and muscle spasms, increase circulation, ease muscu-

lar discomfort and assist in the return to normal activity,” according to the organization’s Health & Fitness Journal, which notes a growing market for the devices. Dr. Walter Thompson, professor of kinesiology and health with Georgia State University, in Atlanta, was the lead author of the survey. He says, “Personal trainers have found that it works for their clients. We’ve also seen an increase in popularity in gyms and fitness clubs.” The trend is partly spawned by their use in Pilates. Thompson adds, “Tech devices, now central to our daily lives, have changed the way we plan and manage

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our workouts.” Yet, as with other such equipment, users must be educated on how to employ the rollers on their own. Most rollers are available in smooth or ribbed textures in different sizes and densities. Sets include one for deep tissue rolling, self-myofascial release and trigger point relief, designed to aid muscles related to the back, hips, arms, glutes and hamstrings. Dr. Spencer H. Baron, president of NeuroSport Elite, in Davie, Florida, was the 2010 National Sports Chiropractor of the Year and served as a chiropractic physician for the Miami Dolphins football team for 19 years. He starts patients out with rollers during office appointments, especially those with sports injuries. “It empowers them to take charge of their fitness,” he says. “Those standing or sitting all day at work may need it even more than athletes do to improve circulation and stimulate the nervous system.” While rollers can be administered to hamstrings and quadriceps by hand, he attests that the back is the most commonly targeted region, and suggests two corresponding maneuvers: Lie down with a foam roller under the neck at home. Gently roll it across to each shoulder blade, and then center it and roll it down to the buttocks; even to the hamstrings. Next, assume a squatting position against a wall and place a roller between the center of the back and the wall, gently rise up, and then sink down. It’s also possible do this at work in private. Baron and his colleagues believe that rollers are beneficial to use on the shoulders and arms of tennis players and baseball pitchers. “I like the metaphor of a chef rolling dough in the

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kitchen. With a similar motion, you’re kneading muscles and tendons, improving blood flow and circulation to sore areas,” he says. Jason Karp, Ph.D., the 2011 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Personal Trainer of the Year and creator of his company’s Run-Fit certification program, has seen the popularity of the devices on the rise with runners. “People like gadgets” that can help them, he notes. “Runners get tight from running, and rollers can help alleviate that tightness. I know a lot of runners that swear by them.” Karp, a California author of six books, including Running for Women and his upcoming The Inner Runner, feels that rollers are especially well-suited for postworkout use. “The rollers are basically a form of self-myofascial release, which helps relax muscles by putting pressure on tight areas to cause the muscle to relax via its reflex to tension,” he explains. It looks like this universally applicable and simple fitness tool will keep on rolling through this year and beyond.

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Simple Ways to Get Kitty to Behave by Sandra Murphy


hree million cats end up in shelters every year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Owners cite landlord restrictions or allergies in the family as leading reasons. Often, the animal is blamed for an easily fixed behavior problem; the Wake County Animal Center, in Raleigh, North Carolina, interprets

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rationales such as, “Kitty has a sensitive stomach [throws up] or pees under the bed [likely a urinary tract infection].” “I prefer to call such things issues, not problems. They’re often evidence of natural instincts that need to be redirected,” says Anne Moss, owner of, from Tel Aviv, Israel. “A vet visit will rule out physical concerns so you can move on to behavioral issues.” Once a cat’s adapted to living with humans, life becomes more pleasant for everyone. Cats can be trained. Dallas cat owner Bettina Bennett of advises, “Start early, attach rewards and be consistent. Our four cats don’t scratch the furniture, come when called and know when it’s bedtime.” Clicker training works well, adds Becky Morrow, a doctor of veterinarian medicine who teaches at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh. “I have 13 cats living in my home and a sanctuary housing 65 more. They’ve learned to walk on a leash and obey commands.”

Dr. Jeff Werber, a Los Angeles veterinarian, has found that scratching furniture, biting people, nocturnal activity, throwing up and ignoring the litter box are the five most common complaints. Scratching lets Kitty leave her scent, stretch and shed old claws. He suggests, “Get a scratching post, but don’t put it in an-out-of-the-way location. Cats like to be where we are. Start with it in the center of the room and gradually move it to the corner.” Measure how tall a cat is when standing on her hind legs with front legs fully extended. Get a post that is half again as tall so she can really stretch. Gently rub her paws on the post first, and then dab on a bit of catnip as added enticement. Cats don’t like unfamiliar textures, so avoidance training tools can include laying aluminum foil or backing-side-up carpet runners over furniture arms and cushions plus double-sided sticky tape at the corners to preserve upholstery. When humans become a target for a cat’s pounces, use toys as decoys. A short play session will satisfy their desire to hunt. Leave curtains open so she can see outside, clear shelves for climbing and have a cat tree or window shelf for optimum viewing. A nearby bird feeder will hold a feline’s attention for hours.

Werber advises, “For undisturbed household sleep, get the cat toys out about an hour before your bedtime. Fifteen minutes of play will tire a pet. Let him calm down and then feed him. A full cat is a sleepy cat.” Some cats nibble, while others gulp food and then throw up. The recommended antidote is to feed smaller amounts several times a day. Cats should eat both dry and wet food to get carbohydrates and meat, Werber advises. Throwing up can be a sign of hairballs, even if unseen. Put the cat on a natural hairball remedy once a day for four days, then two times a week, until the vomiting stops. A touch of non-petroleum jelly on the cat’s nose or a bit of fish oil or pumpkin in her food will work. When cats ignore the litter box, note what’s changed—the type of litter, location of the box, a lurking stray cat or the pet’s health. Arthritic cats find it hard to climb into a tall-sided box. Felines feel vulnerable when using the box, and like to know what’s around them—a lidless box makes them feel safer says Werber. The rule is to have one more litter box than there are cats. If the house is more than one story tall, food, water, beds and litter should be available on every level. “All cats should be kept indoors, microchipped and wearing a colorful collar and tags,” says Werber. Colors give birds fair warning if a cat ever goes outside. With time and attention, any cat can become an active, well-behaved family member.

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Sound, Space & Breath - 7-9pm. Allow yourself to breathe, rest and the permission to heal with this Kundalini Yoga and Sound Healing workshop. Immerse yourself in the sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, gongs and didgeridoo. $25. Bodhi Seed Yoga & Wellness Studio, 81 Macomb Pl, MT. CLEMENS. Jasmin Cromwell 586-201-0781. See ad page 54.


Making the correct health choices for 2016 Noon. Dr Franklin Norton DC. will be answering the most common questions on what it takes to achieve optimum health and function of the body. This seminar may open your mind to an alternative way to make those changes. FREE. Better Health Market, 14105 Hall Rd, SHELBY TWP. Space Limited. RSVP 586-884-6160. See ad page 35.. Feeling Heart Healthy Every Day. - Noon. Presented by: Dr. Joel Kahn, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI. Dr Kahn will tell how we power our heart on a daily basis. He will review proven ways to stop toxicity from lowering our energy levels and how to power our heart to the max. FREE. Better Health Market, 17696 W 13 Mile, BEVERLY HILLS. Space limited. RSVP 248-645-5500. See ad page 35.

Kirtan evening with Vishnu Blue - 7:30-9:30pm. Kirtan is a group singing experience using ancient sanskrit chants. it blurs the boundaries of performer and audience and creates ecstatic and meditative states of awareness. All are welcome. $15. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BERKLEY. Dave & Abby 248-556-0992. See ad page 54.


Whole Heart Solution - 1-2:30pm. America's Holistic Heart Doc, Joel K. Kahn, MD, reveals more than 75 simple, low-cost things you can do right away, from drinking your veggies to opening your windows to walking barefoot and yoga. Donation. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

The Yoga of Purpose - 3-6pm. Join Alan Haras as we explore various practices and perspectives for living in alignment with your meaning, purpose and values. Uncover and identify the "why" behind what you do. $35. Bodhi Seed Yoga & Wellness Studio, 81 Macomb Pl, MT. CLEMENS. Jasmin Cromwell 586-201-0781. See ad page 54.


Better Health Now and in the Future - 5:30-

7:30pm. Ann Heusted, RN, FirstLine Therapy Program Coordinator, will conduct a special 2-hour session for those interested in understanding how a customized lifestyle program can support better health and reduce disease risk. The Downing Clinic, 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, Suite 100, CLARKSTON. Please call to register at 248-625-6677. See ad page 19.


Sea of Peace Overnight Symphony

An 8+ Hour Healing Gong Symphony experience, with 8+ gongs shaing music, creating a safe space to open your heart on all levels. Enjoy possibly your most restorative, insightful, inspiring night's sleep in years. BRING: Padding to lie on, blanket, pillows (padding packages available for purchase). Healthy snacks provided at end of session. 10% of ticket price to benefit Gilda's Club Metro Detroit.

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(Doors open at 8:30. No admittance after 9pm) Cost: $88-$158 Sacred Wave Gong Immersions 38651 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills. Info: Christopher Davis 248-721-7094 See ad page xx.


Yin Yoga & Massage - 7-8:30pm. Yin yoga helps to open the hips and work the connective tissue which is not always done in other yoga practices. While holding your poses you will be gently massaged to further relax you. $30. Bodhi Seed Yoga & Wellness Studio, 81 Macomb Place, MT. CLEMENS. Jasmin Cromwell 586-469-9642. See ad page 54.

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Mom2Mom Resale Event - 9am-1pm. Sellers: $15 or $20 w/table. Shoppers: $1/person. DAVISBURG ElementaCry School Gym. RSVP 248-846-6558. 4th Annual Spring Into Health Expo - 10am3pm. Free mini-seminars and classes will be available

allowing attendees to experience first-hand the powerful practices of holism, aid in shaping wellness goals, plus mini-CPR classes. Suggested donation: $5. ROYAL OAK High School, 1500 Lexington Ave.

Lose Fat – Gain Muscle - Noon. Join Peter Nielsen, Life Coach, Bodybuilding Champion and Host of syndicated TV & Radio show Peter’s Principles for a lose fat – gain muscle seminar. Spaces limited-sign up today. FREE. Frandor Better Health Market, 305 N Clippert, E. LANSING. 205 N Clippert Ave. Info: 517-332-6892. See ad page 35.

Resolve To End Your Chronic Pain - Noon. Presented by: Aaron Wallace. At this seminar, Balance Your Fitness will explain what causes chronic pain, and show how easy it is to manage and eliminate it for good. Spaces limited-sign up today. FREE. Better Health Market, 14105 Hall Rd, SHELBY TWP. Space Limited. RSVP 586884-6160. See ad page 35. Dinner With the Birds. - 5-8:30pm. First, enjoy a local, organic meal, then sit down with friends to hear Ben Blazier of the Audubon Society for a bird lover\'s slideshow, artifacts & discussion. And homing pigeons, too.Think Spring. $20. Westwind Farm, 11487 Reid Rd., SWARTZ CREEK. Linda Smith-Purdy 810-735-9192. See adS pages 16 & 21.


Biomeridian Assessments - 4-7pm. Conducted by: Juli Johnson. Using the Biomeridian computer, Juli will give a basic mini assessment to determine gluten sensitivity particularly related to wheat, whole wheat and whole grains. Spaces limited-sign up today. FREE. Frandor Better Health Market, 305 N Clippert, E. LANSING. 205 N Clippert Ave. Info: 517-332-6892. See ad page 35.


Tremendous Tempeh Cooking Class - Noon. Presented by: MacroVal. Come learn from Chef Val how to properly season, cook and utilize tremendous tempeh. Menu: Tempeh Mock Bacon, Sauteed Tempeh and Kale with Cucumbers. Spaces limited-sign up today. FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River, NOVI. Space limited. RSVP 248-735-8100. See ad page 35. Is Sitting The New Smoking? - Noon. Presented by: Dr Bence, DC, CCWP. Ergonomics & Exercise isn’t about fitting into a smaller dress size or building up muscles worth showing off, as you’ll learn, it is literally a matter of life and death. Spaces limitedsign up today. FREE. Better Health Market, 14105 Hall Rd, SHELBY TWP. Space Limited. RSVP 586-884-6160. See ad page 35. Yin Yoga & Reiki - 1-2:30pm. The extended hold of the poses in yin yoga allows that Reiki energy can be given to each student during class, weave the Reiki energy within the yoga practice to help you go into bliss & relaxation. $25. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586949-5515. See ad page 54. Bread Baking Class - 1-4pm. Last of this season. Make/take home unusual, cool breads. Today\'s are Anadama (buttermilk & corn meal) & English


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Muffins. Recipes, too. Enjoy baking with friends old & new. $25. Westwind Farm, 11487 Reid Rd., SWARTZ CREEK. Linda Smith-Purdy 810-7359192. See ads pages 16 & 21..


Make Your Own Cheese - 11am-2pm. Join Kimberley Emmert in learning to make your own fresh mozzarella. Take some home, with instructions. Never waste good milk again. Westwind Farm, 11487 Reid Rd, SWARTZ CREEK. Linda SmithPurdy 810-735-9192. See ads pages 16 & 21.

Early Spring Hike-Island Recreation Area 1-3:30pm. Join Sierra Club Crossroads Group for a five-mile hike on the yellow/east loop through hardwoods and meadows in the Island Lake Recreation Area. Free and open to all ages but a Michigan motor vehicle Passport is required at the park entrance. Island Lake Recreation Area, 6301 Kensington Rd, BRIGHTON. Info: John Wilson 734-355-3822.

Yoga for the Golfer - 2-3:30pm. Change the way your body works and you can change your game. Learn how to increase flexibility, range of motion and strength which will help put more power and accuracy behind your swing with yoga. $20. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.


Biomeridian Assessments - 4-7pm. Conducted by: Juli Johnson. See description on March 9th event listing. FREE. Better Health Market, 14105 Hall Rd, SHELBY TWP. Space Limited. RSVP 586884-6160. See ad page 35.

The Future of Energy - 7-9pm. Presented by the Alliance to Halt Fermi 3. Join the Sierra Club Crossroads Group for a powerful documentary that explains the clean energy revolution happening right now and how we can do our part. FREE. Brighton District Library, 100 Library Dr, BRIGHTON. The Thyroid Gland and Healthy Weight Loss - 78:15pm. We will also cover what can create a burden on the thyroid as well as natural ways to restore its function. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist. FREE. Vitamin Shoppe, Baldwin Rd, AUBURN HILLS. Call 248-879-1900 to register.


Open House - Noon-6:30pm. Meet our awesome teachers and therapists. Free yoga & meditation classes throughout the day, along with some delicious snacks, of course. Bodhi Seed Yoga & Wellness Studio, 81 Macomb Place, MT. CLEMENS. Info: Jasmin Cromwell 586-469-9642 or visit their website. See ad page 54.

Winter Outdoor Yoga - 2-4pm. Last chance to try Yoga in the (somewhat) cold. Hot cocoa before, soup & bread after, friends working together the whole time. $20. Westwind Farm, 11487 Reid Rd, SWARTZ CREEK. Linda Smith-Purdy 810-7359192. See ads pages 16 & 21. Mind/Body for Runners & Walkers - 2:304:30pm. Incorporate the mind/body practices of Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi into your form & training, reducing muscle imbalances leading to injury, avoid & recover from injuries to the body, $25. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

Family Night Yoga - 6-7:15pm. Family Yoga gives parents/caregivers & their children an opportunity to explore yoga together. Traditional yoga poses and techniques are presented in a fun, playful, and imaginative way, ages 4 & up. $20/pair. $6 each additional adult or child per family. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.


Meditation Class & Intuitive Exercise - 7-9. Designed for you to connect with like-minded people, exercise your natural intuitive gifts, and spend well needed time meditating and relaxing. $25 - space limited. Journey To Health Chakra, LLC, 5770 S. Main St., Suite C, CLARKSTON. Call to register: 248-505-8010.


Friday Night Trio Charity Gong Event 7-8:30pm. Sacred Wave Gong Immersion, Yin Yoga and Hands on Energy Medicine $35. Empower Yoga, 41620 6 Mile Rd, NORTHVILLE. Julie Cook 248-719-7520. See ad page 54.


Resolve To End Your Chronic Pain - Noon. Presented by: Aaron Wallace. See event description on March 5th listing. Spaces limited-sign up today. FREE. Better Health Market, 17696 W 13 Mile, BEVERLY HILLS. Space limited. RSVP 248-6455500. See ad page 35.

Roll With The Tides JUICE FAST - Noon. Stephanie McKeith showshow juicing can offer what we need to reset our systems and how the full moon is the time to do it. Live juicing demonstration. Spaces limited-sign up today. FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River, NOVI. Space limited. RSVP 248-735-8100. See ad page 35. Tired and Fatigued? Trouble Sleeping? - Noon. Dr Chad McKernan shows how good sleeping habits can reduce stress and fatigue, how Daylight Saving Time impacts sleep, basic nutritional guidelines and things that trigger the inflammatory response of your body, affecting your sleep and overall health. Spaces limited-sign up today. FREE. Better Health Market, 14105 Hall Rd, SHELBY TWP. Space Limited. RSVP 586-884-6160. See ad page 35.


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The Downing Clinic, 5715 Bella Rose Blvd., Suite 100, CLARKSTON. Across from DTE Energy Theatre on Sashabaw Road. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 248-797-1191. See ad page 19


Kensington Metropark Spring Nature Hike 1-3:30pm. Meet Sierra Club Crossroads Group members and enjoy a slower-paced two-mile

nature identification hike around Wildwing Lake in Kensington Metropark. This outing is free and open to all skill levels, but a Metropark annual permit or $10 daily fee is required on vehicles entering the park. Kensington Metropark Nature Center, MILFORD. Info: John Wilson 734-355-3822


Springtime Cooking Class - Noon. Presented by: MacroVal. Learn about the signature foods for spring, how to properly cook and utilize these foods. Menu: Tofu Bok Choy Stir Fry and Spring Time Mushroom and Leek Soup. Spaces limited-sign up today. FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River, NOVI. Space limited. RSVP 248-735-8100. See ad page 35.


Successfully Managing the Challenges of Menopause - 7-9pm. Join Jerrold H. Weinberg, M.D., Director of the Birmingham Menopause Institute for this presentation on bio-identical hormones, weight loss, fatigue stress management, low libido and sweating. Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Rd, Bloomfield Hills. Space is limited to the first 35 readers who RSVP to 248-709-8678. See ad page 42.

ongoingevents All events should be submitted online by the 12th of each month for the next month's publication. Visit for guidelines and online forms. Note: Event plans may change after publication. We recommend readers call each event's contact phone number to RSVP and/or verify details. Enter pkg lot @ Main Hosp. drive & bear L. Mtg in 1st bldg. on L. Aud.A. WARREN. Info: Ginny 586-940-1634. Short Form Ashtanga Yoga - 9:15-10:15am. Walk in for $13 and warm up with an energetic Ashtanga Yoga class. Or take advantage of our good deals to practice every Sunday. No pre-registration. $13. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous – 6pm. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, overweight, undereating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. FREE. Royal Oak Church of Christ, 115 S Campbell Road, ROYAL OAK, Contact Grace 586-808-2148.


Penosha Trail Tax Relief Hike - 1-3:30pm. Join the Sierra Club Crossroads Group for a post-taxes celebratory hike of five miles through woods and meadows on the Penosha Trail in the Brighton Recreation Area. Hiking boots and appropriate warm clothing are recommended; trails may be muddy. Meet at the Bishop Lake parking lot, off Bishop Lake Rd. This outing is free but a Michigan motor vehicle Passport is required for state park entry. Brighton Recreation Area, 6360 Chilson Road, HOWELL. Info: John Wilson 734-355-3822.

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Barrobics - 9-10am. Also Thur. Class is designed to stretch and tone ones body. Great class for all ages. $10 /class drop-in or $7/class for 10-class card. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Ms Janet 810-667-2101. See ad page 38. Mindful Monday - 9-10:30am. $10. InnerSource H&W office or by phone. 1460 Walton Blvd, Ste 220, ROCHESTER HILLS. Bethany Perry 248841-8535. See ad page 15.

Hypnotherapy with Cheryl Beshada, C.M.Ht. - 9:30am-7pm by appt. Also Wed’s. Cheryl teaches and specializes in Personal Empowerment, Releasing Blocks and Patterns of Negative Behavior, Higher Self Communication. Free Consultation. WARREN. 586-751-7500. See ad page 39. La Leche League of Lake Orion - 10am. Daytime Series meeting: 3rd Monday. FREE. Christ the Redeemer Church, 2700 Waldon Rd, LAKE ORION. Tawnya 586-604-4074.

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Tai Chi - 11:45am-12:45pm. Also Thur. Everyone welcome, no need for workout clothes. $15/class drop-in or $10/class for 8-class card. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Ms Janet 810-667-2101. See ad page 38.

Gentle Yoga - Noon-1pm. Perfect for beginners or those with physical challenges. We modify the postures to fit each student’s abilities and health needs. Beaumont Hospital, ROYAL OAK, Cancer Center, First Floor Classroom, $10/class. For more information call 248-551-9990. See ad page 23. Aqua Boot Camp - 5:30pm-6:15pm. It's all the high intensity of a boot camp workout, only in the water. $15. Sola Life & Fitness, 1555 East South Blvd, ROCHESTER HILLS. Marko 248-267-5674.

We Survived Cancer...Now What? - 2nd Mondays, 6-7pm. Gretchen Fleischmann, Nurse Practitioner and breast cancer survivor discusses what causes cancer, protecting the body during treatment, detoxification, prevention, gut health, risks and support. FREE. Rebekah's Health & Nutrition Source, 588 S Main, LAPEER. 810-660-8585. Awareness Through Movement® - 6-6:45pm. Join us for gentle movement classes designed to help you move, feel & perform optimally. Bring a mat & 2 towels. Wear comfortable clothing. $15 drop in or 6-class card. Awakening Movements, 3121 Rochester Rd, ROYAL OAK. Lisa Ponichter 248321-0358. See ad page 53. Yoga - 6-7:15pm. All fitness levels welcome, Bring own yoga mat. Certified Instructors. $15 /class drop-in or $10/class for 8-class card. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Ms Janet 810-667-2101. See ad page 38.

Ashtanga Short Form - 6:30-7:30pm. Ujayyi Breath, Bandhas, Drishti. If this sounds like home to you, please join us for our led Ashtanga Yoga class. Energizing and Stabilizing. $14. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BERKLEY. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992. See ad page 54. Weight Management/TLS - 7-8pm. One FREE

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Sacred Wave Gong Immersions - 7-8:30pm. Relaxing, Replenishing, Rejuvenating group Sound Therapy. $25/session. Four session pkg/$20 each. 25% of the proceeds donated to local charities. 301 W. Fourth St, Ste 490, ROYAL OAK. RSVP Christopher Davis 248-721-7094. See ad page 54. Recover & Revitalize Yoga - 7:15-8:30pm. Whether you're an athlete or just a weekend warrior, this basic class can help you unwind those tight spots to feel on top of your game. Every Monday. $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54.

Golden Fitness - 8-8:45am. Also Thur. Great for the mature body who wants to improve balance, coordination, mental awarness in friendly environment. $5/class drop-in or $4/class for 10-class card. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Ms Janet 810-667-2101. See ad page 38. Yoga/Play - 8:45am-9:45am. This class is great for those who desire to do yoga but don't want the burden of childcare. Bring own yoga matt & few small toys. $15 /class drop-in or $10/class for 8-class card. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Ms Janet 810-667-2101. See ad page 38.

Basic Flow Yoga - 9:15-10:15am. Also Thur. Works for any body. $5. Check our schedule for our other $7 weekday classes. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54.

Jivamukti Yoga - 6:30-8pm. Jivamukti is a vinyasa style yoga practice like no other. An awesome blend of music, posture, breath, movement and meditation. Experience it today. $15. House Of Yoga, 2965 W 12 Mile Rd, BERKLEY. Abby Bechek Hoot 248556-0992. See ad page 54. Lyme Disease Support Group - 7pm. First Tuesday monthly (except Jan, July & Sept). Open to anyone in the Detroit metropolitan area who has, thinks they might have, or cares about someone who has Lyme Disease. Northwest Unitarian-Universalist Church, 23925 Northwestern Highway, SOUTHFIELD. 248-354-4488.

Inspired Health Conversation - 10am-2pm by appointment. Alight your mind and body, control weight and more with intuitive neuroscience coaching. Please schedule in advance. $30. InnerSource Health & Wellness, 1460 Walton Blvd, Ste 220, ROCHESTER HILLS. Bethany Perry 248-841-8535. See ad page 15.

Young Living Essential Oils - 7-8:30pm. First Tuesday of every month: Essential Oils & supplements that may work for you. Zyto scans by appointment. Donation $5. Pamela's Salon, 60460 Mt. Vernon, ROCHESTER. Pamela Visser 248931-2710. See ad page 51.

Yoga Classes At Alice's - 11:30am-12:30pm. Hatha Yoga class. Previous experience not required - all levels. $15 or 6wk rates. Alice Huang's Chinese Natural Therapies, 1311 N Main, CLAWSON. 248-278-6081. See ad page 3.

Slow Power Yoga - 7:15-8:30pm. $13. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54.

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Tai Chi - 6:30-7:30pm. Everyone welcome, no need for workout clothes. $15/class drop-in or $10/class for 8-class card. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Ms Janet 810-667-2101. See ad page 38.

Hypnotherapy with Frank Garfield, C.M.Ht. Also Thurs 9:30am-7pm by appt. Frank teaches and specializes in all aspects of hypnotherapy, Medical Hypnotherapy and hypnotherapy for Pregnancy and Childbirth. Free Consultation. WARREN. Call 586-751-7500. See ad page 39.

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Macomb County Homebirth Circle - 7-8:30pm. Social gathering where women are supported for their choice to birth at home. FREE. Thrive In Line Chiropractic, 51309 Mound Rd, SHELBY TOWNSHIP. Erica Michaels 248-881-0836. Free Hypnotherapy Talk - 8-9pm. 1st &3rd Tue starting in March. Interested in Hypnotherapy or Hypnomassage? Come listen to a talk, experience a mini hypnotherapy session and get any questions answered. FREE. CLAWSON. Jeannie 248-8401577. See ad page 20.

Basic/Beginners Yoga - 8:15pm-9:15pm. This class is helpful for those new to yoga or those who just want a more gentle class. Learn to breathe, move and accept you body just as it is. $14. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

Functional Core Exercise - Develop a Functional Core Using 3 tools: The Mind, Pilates & Yoga Balls. To maintain high core function, paying attention to proper body alignment is key. Aaron Wilson focuses on a classic alignment approach using. Isolated Movement, AIS Stretching, and Anatomy Trains. Reduce body pain and improve quality of life. FREE. Irene's Myomassology Institute, 26061 Franklin Road, SOUTHFIELD. Kathy Skubik or Jim DeBussey 248-350-1400. See ad page 14.

Food Mood Friday - 8-11am. Do you wonder what foods affect Your Mood? How is this related to your health? Sign up for a 20 minute session and have your questions answered! $20. InnerSource H&W

office or by phone. 1460 Walton Blvd, Ste 220, ROCHESTER HILLS. Bethany Perry 248-8418535. See ad page 15. Adult Women’s and Children’s Domestic Violence Support Groups - 10-11:30am. LACASA: Comprehensive Services Center, 2895 W. Grand River Avenue, HOWELL. Info: 517-548-1350.

Awareness Through Movement® - 11-11:45am. Join us for gentle movement classes designed to help you move, feel & perform optimally. Bring a mat & 2 towels. Wear comfortable clothing. $15 drop in or 6-class card. Awakening Movements, 3121 Rochester Rd, ROYAL OAK. Lisa Ponichter 248-321-0358. See ad page 53. Aqua Gentle Joints - 12:15-1pm. Water-based class focusing on slow, gentle, range of motion exercises for all joints in a therapeutic pool. $15. Sola Life & Fitness, 1555 East South Blvd, ROCHESTER HILLS. Marko 248-267-5674.

Chair Yoga - 1-2pm. A yoga style that adapts yoga poses through the creative use of a chair. which replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of the body. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave., CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

Yoga Midafternoon - 3-4pm. 8 classes for $80, great class for thoses parents/students with busy schedules, bring own yoga mat. $15 /class drop-in or $10/class for 8-class card. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Ms Janet 810-667-2101. See ad page 38. Learn to Meditate Classes - 6:30-7:30pm.Every other Wed. starting in March. Learn beginning through advanced techniques. 1-7 weeks. $35. CLAWSON. Jeannie 248-840-1577. Info: See ad page 20.

Barrobics - 6:30-7:30pm. Also Fri 8am. Class is designed to stretch and tone ones body. Great class for all ages. $10 /class drop-in or $7/class for 10-class card. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Ms Janet 810-667-2101. See ad page 38.

Effortless Meditation Class - 7pm-8pm. FREE meditation class open to all. Emphasis on using the breath as a tool for Effortless Meditation. Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Ave, BLOOMFIELD HILLS. Info: Denise Everheart 248-705-5004.

Oigong with Gary Abersold - 7-8:15pm. A powerful routine to use daily. A system of healing energy from China. Use breathing, gentle movement, meditation to improve posture & concentration. FREE. Irene's Myomassology Institute, 26061 Franklin Road, SOUTHFIELD. Jill Howard 248350-1400. See ad page 37. Mindfulness Meditation - 7:30-8:30pm. Facilitated by Adrienne Gasperoni. $10 (cash only). Becky Stevens Holistic Alternatives, 27739 Jefferson Ave, ST. CLAIR SHORES. Info: 586-294-6450. See ad page 12. Yin Yoga - 8:15-9:15pm. Want to be flexible? Yin Yoga is a perfect compliment to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga. Suitable for all levels, $14. Santosha Yoga, 58774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERIFELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

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Ashtanga with Abby. A quiet, meditative practice with hands on adjustments and assistance with alignment. $14. House Of Yoga, 2965 W 12 Mile Rd, BERKLEY. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992. See ad page 54. Private Guided Meditation - 10am-8pm starting in March. Experience a talk & guided meditation based on your individual needs/goals. Learn a variety of meditation techniques/practices. $25. CLAWSON. Jeannie 248-840-1577. See ad page 20.

Barrobics - 11:45am-12:45pm. Also Mon 9am. Class is designed to stretch and tone ones body. Great class for all ages. $10 /class drop-in or $7/ class for 10-class card. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Ms Janet 810-667-2101. See ad page 38. Gentle Yoga - 11am-Noon. Perfect for beginners or those with physical challenges. We modify the postures to fit each student’s abilities and health needs. Beaumont Hospital, ROYAL OAK, Cancer Center, First Floor Classroom, $10/class. For more information call 248-551-9990. See ad page 23. Fifty Plus Active Adults - 11:30am-1pm. Lunch: noon. 50+. Fun and friendly. Activities such as weekly lunches, guest speakers, musical performances, field trips, holiday parties, movies, bingo, games and more. $8/person or $14/couple. Lunch $5. Non-members welcome. Hart Community Center, DAVISBURG. Info: Sarah, 248-846-6558.

Crazy Cheap Yoga/Slow Flow - 3:30-4:30pm. Proper alignment, breath, & playfulness. Postures held longer build muscle & inner strength. Deepen peace, build confidence, flexibility & balance. $5. Irene's Myomassology Institute, 26061 Franklin Rd, SOUTHFIELD. Jill Howard 248-350-1400. See ad page 14. Kundalini Yoga & Gongs - 5:30-6:30pm. Primary tools of asana, breath, & meditation. Activate life force. Simple exercise, mantra, & mudra. Relax, let go with sound of gongs~Valerie Weir. $5. Irene's Myomassology Institute, 26061 Franklin Rd, SOUTHFIELD. Jill Howard 248-350-1400. See ad page 14. Group Yoga Therapy for women with pelvic pain and urinary incontinence - 5:30-6:30pm. Focusing on mindfulness, awareness and restoration of strength and relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles. Beaumont Hospital – ROYAL OAK, Women’s Urology Center, South Tower, 2nd Floor. $10/class. Info: 248-551-9990. See ad page 23.

Hot Yoga - 5:45-6:45pm. Room heated to 95 degrees, release toxins and increase your immune system. Previous yoga experience is recommended for this fast pace flow. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave., CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

Alzheimer’s Association Support Group - 6:308pm. 4th Thur. Open to public, FREE and attended by families, caregivers, and friends of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia disorders. LAPEER Library- Margurite D. Angeli Branch. FREE. Info: Amy DeNise 810-732-8500. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous – 6pm. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, overweight, undereating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. FREE. Saint John Health System, Oakland Hospital, 27351 Dequindre Rd, MADISON HEIGHTS. Contact Grace 586-808-2148. Jivamukti Light - 6:30-7:30pm. A light version of


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an advanced vinyasa practice. If you are familiar with Ashtanga/Vinyasa and are looking to go deeper, come practice. $14. House Of Yoga, 2965 W 12 Mile Rd, BERKLEY. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992. See ad page 54.

La Leche League of Lake Orion - 7:30pm. Evening Series Meeting: 2nd Thursday. Toddler Meeting: 4th Thursday. Babies and children welcome. FREE. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1950 S. Baldwin, LAKE ORION. Tawnya 584-604-4074. Basic Yoga & Meditation - 7:45-8:45pm. Join Lisa for this beautiful evening yoga experience. A short guided meditation follows the posture portion of the class. Feel refreshed & nourished. $15. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BERKLEY. Dave & Abby 248-556-0992. See ad page 54.

Yoga - 9-10:15am. All fitness levels welcome, Bring own yoga mat. Certified Instructors. $15 /class drop-in or $10/class for 8-class card. KMAI, 935

Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Ms Janet 810-667-2101. See ad page 38.

Yin Yoga - 5:345-7pm. 1st & 3rd Fridays. Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine, a much needed balance to our more Yang (dynamic) yoga and life. $14. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave., CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Restorative Yoga - 5:45-7pm. 2nd & 4th Fridays. We work very hard in our lives & while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative yoga help us learn to relax & rest deeply. All levels. $14. Santohsa Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - 6pm. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. Open to all. FREE. Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 1445 Welch Rd, COMMERCE TOWNSHIP. 248-277-0628. Emotions Anonymous - 7-8:30pm. The only requirement for EA membership is a desire to become well emotionally. Donations. Renaissance

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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - 9am. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. Open to all. FREE. Central Methodist Church (park/enter at back of church), 3882 Highland Road, WATERFORD TOWNSHIP. 248-277-0628. Certified Hypnotherapists Education and Networking Meeting - 1st Sat/9:30am-12pm. Certified Hypnotherapists graduated from a state licensed school of hypnosis welcome. Includes educational presentation, workbook and computer disk. First visit FREE. Clinical Hypnosis Professional Group, WARREN. Register 586-7517500. See ad page 39.

Overeaters Anonymous - 10-11am. OA is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from overeating, anorexia, or bulimia. Donation. Grand Blanc United Methodist Church, 401 Bush Avenue, GRAND BLANC. Susan 949-445-0493.

Historic Tours - 11am-12pm. Meet at the front gates for a tour of the buildings at the Packard Proving Grounds automotive history site. Albert Kahn designed & built in the 1920s. FREE. Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Ave, SHELBY TWP. Mary Anne Demo 586-943-5785.

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Clarissa Dawn Guest, RN, Dipl. Ac 2359 W. Shiawassee, Suite E, Fenton 810-750-2004 Transform your health with Acupuncture. Start feeling better today. Specializing in insomnia, depression, pain management, infertility, painful periods, menopause, headaches and migraines. Also offering Nutrienergetics™ and Neuromodulation Technique™.

ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE MEDICINE Chinese Health Clinic • 248-276-8880 Hailan Sun, MD (China) Dipl. Ac 3075 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills

State of Michigan Registered, NCCAOM Certified. Former MD in China served North American people for over 28 years' with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Specializing in various pains and intestinal problems. See ad page 20.

Learn to Meditate Classes - 12:45-1:45pm. Every other Saturday starting in March. Learn beginning through advanced techniques. 1-7 weeks. $35. CLAWSON. Jeannie 248-840-1577. See ad page 20.

Yoga for Kids - 11:15am-Noon.Through yoga poses, games, activities, music and stories, promote strength, flexibility, coordination, body & breathing awareness and self control. $10. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Chair Yoga - 12-12:45pm. Even those who can't get up and down from the floor can benefit from yoga. Unwind, release and build strength seated or using a chair for support. $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54.


The Downing Clinic • 248-625-6677 5715 Bella Rose Blvd., Ste 100, Clarkston Jing Fei Huang is a certified Acupuncturist (CAC) & a c e r t i f i e d Tr a d i t i o n a l Chinese Medicine specialist (OMD). She has been with the Downing Clinic since 1999 and has helped many people with a variety of conditions. Wed, appointments available. See ads pg 15, 17 & 19.

Metro Detroit Vegan Diners - 6-8:30pm. 2nd Sat. each month. Join us for dining each month at veganfriendly restaurants in the METRO DETROIT area. Meet, dine and socialize with like-minded people. FREE to meetup group members. Organizer 248-703-2697.


Karen DeBruyn, PT, MSTOM, Dipl.OM, R.Ac Henry Buchtel, MMed (China)Dipl.Ac, R.Ac 8308 Office Park Drive, Ste 2 Grand Blanc, 810-694-3500 Providing acupuncture and herbal medicine to optimize your health and wellness. Specializing in pain management, sports injuries, women's health, immune support, insomnia, and stress management.

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Rhonda Sousley, Ph.D • 248-844-1414 1854 W. Auburn, Ste 400, Rochester Hills Rhonda has a PhD in Chinese Medicine and is an experienced infertility specialist with over 13 years in practice. She uses both Laser & Traditional acupuncture; making her treatments comfortable for children & adults alike. Smoking cessation, chronic & acute pain, migraines, stress & anxiety - are all treated successfully. Immediate appointments available. See ad page 55.

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Brad Stone SI Practitioner 2425 West Silver Lake Rd, Fenton 810-516-4337 A process that releases restrictions in the connective tissue of the body, bringing the body into more smoothly functioning relationships, while reducing aches, pains and creating feelings of health and wellbeing.


WILLS FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Jason Wills • 248-922-9888 5885 S. Main St., Suite 4, Clarkston

Wide range in care choices, from low force adjusting techniques to traditional Chiropractic. Dr. Jason Wills specializes in Applied Kinesiology, a technique not widely found in North Oakland, that assesses the functionality of each individual. See ad page 14.



1775 E. 14 Mile Rd., Birmingham 248-761-4135 “The alternative, alternative therapy.”‑ Unique, gentle and effective pain relief technique. Not massage. Back/neck pain, Fibromyalgia, migraines, TMJ, carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder and more. 15 years bodywork experience. See ad page 25.


Grand Blanc • 810-694-3576 Dr. Morningstar is the developer of the TornadoSuit and ARC3D Scoliosis Therapy. His treatment approach has already received national media attention for it's long-term effectiveness. Preventing scoliosis surgery in children, and maximizing pain relief function in adult scoliosis patients. See ad page 27.

OPTIMUM CHIROPRACTIC NEUROLOGY Dr. Michael Husmillo, DC, DACNB, FACFN 1767 W. Big Beaver Rd, Troy • 248-885-8463

D r. H u s m i l l o i s a neurological chiropractor specializing in assessing the functional state of the nervous system in order to help people with ADHD, vertigo, post-concussion symptoms and much more.

If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest. ~Publilius Syrus


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Kathy Paholsky, PhD 1854 W. Auburn, Ste. 400, Rochester Hills • 248-844-1414 Kathy is currently an Associate Professor at Schoolcraft College teaching massage therapy, has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition & over 25 years of experience. Her skilled hands relieve the discomfort of chronic pain, migraines, Fibromyalgia, TMJ, PTSD, anxiety disorders, chronic fatigue, ADD and more. When you need relief, you want experienced hands. Call now for an appointment. See ad page 55.


Janie Jeffery, NHP, CCT LaVida Massage, 3050 Union Lake Rd #3d, Commerce Township • 248-366-4611

FDA approved and registered equipment in a professional, clean and comfortable environment. Janie is a Natural Health Practitioner and Certified Colon Therapist, with18 years experience in alternative medicine.




38245 Mound Rd, Bldg E Sterling Heights • 586-268-5444


Gateway Dental 5321 Gateway Centre Blvd., Flint 810-250-7191 General Dentistry, including root canals, dentures, extractions, bridges, composite (white) fillings, crowns, TMJ, N.E.T. for pain control, anxiety and more. Nutrition and ZOOM teeth whitening. See ad page 7.

HPS ADVANCED DENTAL CARE, PC Heather Pranzarone Stratton, DDS 4741 24 Mile Rd., Ste. C, Shelby Township 248-652-0024 •

Our Family and Cosmetic Dental Practice is committed to practicing dentistry with a biocompatible approach. We perform mercury free/ mercury safe dentistry in a friendly, caring atmosphere for the entire family. See ad page 33.

Colon Hydrotherapy is not intended to be a cure-all but colonics are a valuable procedure for treating intestinal malfunctions which could result in many illness. Inside the Center for the Healing Arts.


Pain/stress relief and more with Craniosacral therapy, aromatherapy and holistic nutrition. 11 years experience.


Advanced Cranial Sacral Therapy (ACST) Rochester • 248-464-2049 Your ACST session includes relieving restrictions within the organs, some scar tissue release, some massage, reflexology, meridian and acupressure work. Relax your neck and restore your body's rhythm. Children benefit too.

REGIANI HOLISTIC DENTAL CENTER Holistic General Dentistry since 1979 10435 Ortonville Rd., Ste B • Clarkston 248-625-5222 •

Beautiful, natural looking Mercury free/Mercury safe, fluoride free fillings and restorations. TMJ/TMD/ CranioFacial Pain diagnosis & treatment, Non-surgical periodontal therapy, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign & whitening. Founding member IAOMT and IABDM. See ad page 11.

The flower in the vase smiles, but no longer laughs. ~Malcolm de Chazal

SUE SHOHA DDS BIO DENTISTRY 50 West Big Beaver, Suite 120 Bloomfield Hills • 248-648-3660


We provide safe effective biocompatible treatment, using a multifaceted integrative treatment approach that focuses on the individual patient and their unique needs, in a kind compassionate and respectful manner. See ad page 25.


Dr. Christine Kaczmar 47729 Van Dyke Ave. • Shelby Township 586-685-2222 Founder of "14-Point Digestion Discovery System" Solutions for Diarrhea, IBS, Constipation, Colitis, etc. When the source of stress is known, the treatment becomes obvious. Dr. Christine uses 100% natural digestive formulas to nourish your body back to health. See ad outside back cover.


Karen Malone, Ind. Dist. # 840674 810-938-9099 • Curious why Wise Men brought Frankincense and Myrrh to the Baby Jesus? Why essential oils are mentioned 200 times in the Bible? Call for FREE "Missing Link" CD. (Income opportunities also available). See ad page 41.


Marlene Wiegers, Ind. Dist. # 1000995 Facebook: Marlene Misiak Wiegers Become an Independent D i s t r i b u t o r. D i s c o v e r Young Living Essential Oil's healing properties for enhancing health--yours, as well as others who seek holistic options. Free training. 810-252-9807. See ad page 41.

FENG SHUI Creating Sanctuary 248-547-4965

Life Coaching, Feng Shui and Space Purification services. Call today and make permanent positive changes in your home, business and life.

586-294-6540 27739 Jefferson Ave., St Clair Shores


Annette R. Richards, LMSW, AAMET Level 3 Advanced Practitioner 248-334-9214 • This experienced EFT Practitioner offers monthly EFT group to Borrow Benefits and individual sessions weekends only to learn EFT for personal use while treating an unwanted problem; affordable fees.

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. ~William Arthur Ward

Since 1974, 248-693-1209 101 S. Broadway, Lake Orion Historic Business District

Whole Food Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Homeopathy. Supplement Savings Card, Organic Groceries, Wheat & GlutenFree Products, Amish Poultry & Eggs, Fresh Amish Turkeys for the Holidays.Personalized service, knowledgable staff, special orders.


248-931-2710 • Rochester Area Young Living EO Dist. #1125514 C e r t i f i e d R AW F o o d Instructor, custom Salon with Aromatherapy, ZYTO Compass Nutritional Assessments, Health Classes, Rain Drop Therapy/Free training. Facebook: Pamela Perry Visser. Ezekiel 47:12.



Safe, effective options utilizing medical intuition to assess the root cause of disease or dysfunction in the body. Also herbal, homeopathic, JMT and vibropathic remedies. Physician testimonials available. See ad page 12.



HYPNOTHERAPY THE PATTERSON CENTER 1520 S. Lapeer Rd., Ste 212 Lake Orion • 248-884-7288

Licensed Counselor can h e l p w i t h a n x i e t y, depression, guilt, grief, phobias, stress, smoking, weight and more. Seek relief. Call now, become a better you. Proudly serving the area for 10 years.

BAR H2OTM ALKALINE WATER 67315 S. Main St • Richmond 888-855-PURE (7873)

Award winning Bar H2O™ Alkaline Wa t e r i s p r o f e s sionally handcrafted Premium Purified Water using a 25-step proprietary process. Be Alkaline. Thrive. This pharmaceuticalgrade pure water is remineralized, restructured and energized for maximum hydration.


870 W. Dryden Rd., Metamora 810-678-3131 We are helping "take Transfer Factor to the World." We also carry top quality herbal and nutritional supplements. See ad page 12.

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Smile. It's free therapy. ~Douglas Horton March 2016


INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE CUTLER INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE 31350 Telegraph Rd., Bingham Farms 248-663-0165

A premier Naturopathic health and wellness center dedicated to providing solutions not helped by our current medical paradigm. As a Licensed Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Cutler has the highest training, and gets to the root of your problems. See ad page 5.


Laura Kovalcik, DO, FACOI 5715 Bella Rose, Ste 100, Clarkston 248-625-6677 • Integrative Internal Medicine practice owned by Board-Certified Internal Medicine physician. Practice emphasizes natural treatments where possible and uses special testing to determine health and nutritiobinal status. Support services onsite include:Acupuncture, Bowen Therapy, Rolfing® Structural Integration, Massage, Healing Touch, IV Therapy. Clinic specializes in primary care, natural treatments for menopause and andropause symptoms, Osteoporosis, cholesterol management, Candida, Fibromyalgia. See ads pages 15, 17 & 19.


Gretchen Perry, FNP-BC, NP-C 29829 Telegraph Rd., Southfield • 248-809-9384 Functional Medicine for all ages, delivered in the home or office that seeks to treat the root cause of disease in the least invasive, most natural way possible. See ad page 14.

LONGEVITY HEALTH INSTITUTE Madison Heights • 248-548-3060 Rochester Hills • 248-289-6643

A Functional, Regenerative Holistic Medical Approach. We l l n e s s ; H o r m o n e Replacement Therapy, IV T h e r a p y : Vi t a m i n s , Chelation, Detox, Adrenal (Cortisol) support; HBOT - Hyperbaric O2.

It is health that is real wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver. ~Mahatma Gandhi 52

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RESTORATIVE MEDICINE CENTER Teresa Birkmeier-Fredal MD Rochester Hills • 248-289-6349

Our goal is to help people in good health maintain their well being, while assisting those with complex chronic illness to restore well being. Services include IV nutrient therapy, hormone balancing, nutritional counseling, individualized functional medicine evaluations and treatment.


The Downing Clinic 5715 Bella Rose Blvd., Ste 100, Clarkston 248-625-6677 • Certified in massage and in Bowen therapy. Provides combination of therapies as needed or requested by patients. See ads pages 15, 17 & 19.

Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted. ~John Lennon


Catherine A. Waller, MD Mary Wilson ANP-C Pamela Thomas PA-C 1854 W. Auburn, Ste. 400, Rochester Hills • 248-844-1414 SE Michigan's Largest Integrative Medicine Practice. Immediate openings available. Our 3 highly skilled "Medical Detectives"(Functional Medicine practitioners) are trained to uncover the root cause of your symptoms. We use the latest diagnostic testing and treatment protocols, and as a result we usually succeed where others have failed. Patients tell us we give the most comprehensive evaluation they've ever had. (having usually been to at least 3 other integrative practitioners before they come to us.).Call today, or visit our website to learn about all the services we offer. See ad page 55.


248-650-2241 • 810-724-0480 Locations in Rochester and Imlay City A healthy body from the inside out. Bioidentical Hormone replacement, weight loss, intravenous nutritional support, vaser and smart lipo, botox, nonsurgical facelift, vericose veins and other services. .



Hilda Lauderman, Ph.D, RN Serving East Michigan • 810-503-4056 "Dr. Hilda" offers programs using natural approaches to help with conditions including nutrition, thyroid function, osteoporosis and more. Also licensed as a Dr. of Ňedicine, a branch of natural medicine. Call for more information. See ad page 29.


Annette Jordan • 586-289-0745 1775 E. 14 Mile Rd. • Birmingham Family owned and operated, no membership fees, one hour equals 60 minutes and maybe a little bit more. Come and join us for an hour of slowing down the clock and relaxing, let us show you how to Breathe...Deeply again.



Georganne Boylan Erwin, CCI, CCH, RM, MH Davison • 810-214-2656 Iridologist, Hypnotist, Reiki, Access Bars, Special c e r t i f i c a t i o n “ Vi r t u a l Gastric Band” hypnosis as seen on the Dr. Oz show. Mention this ad and receive 10% savings

Waller Wellness Center • 248-844-1414 1854 W. Auburn, Ste. 400, Rochester Hills Peggy was trained at Irene’s Myomassology Institute and specializes in deep tissue massage, reflexology, lymphatic massage and Reike. She is also trained in the use of the NES miHealth device which uses pulsed electromagnetic frequencies (PEMF) and frequency specific micro current (FSM) to heal injured tissue, decrease inflammation and reduce pain, often in the first session. Immediate openings available. See ad page 55.

The more colorful the food, the better. I try to add color to my diet, which means vegetables and fruits. ~Misty May-Treanor


Lee Rossano, C.N.C, has been helping individuals and families achieve optimal health for 15 years. Lee thrives on finding the cause of symptoms using high tech-computerizedBiofeedback programs, nutrition, homeopathy, enzyme therapy and more. Why suffer when you can feel great?. See ad page 37.

OXYGEN/HYPERBARICS LONGEVITY HEALTH INSTITUTE Madison Heights • 248-548-3060 Rochester Hills • 248-289-6643

A Functional, Regenerative Holistic Medical Approach. HBOT (Hyperbaric O 2), We l l n e s s ; H o r m o n e Replacement Therapy, IV T h e r a p y : Vi t a m i n s , Chelation, Detox, Adrenal (Cortisol) support.

Calendar A wonderful resource for filling your workshops, seminars and other events.


Monat® Independent Market Partner 248-931-2710 • Anti-aging & hair restoration systems for all hair types. Clinically proven results. Increase growth, collagen, follicle size, manageability and natural shine. WE SAY NO …to Sulfates, Phthalates, harmful colors, PEG, gluten, parabens, harmful fragrances, harsh salt systems, DEA/MEA. Call for FREE sample.



27452 Woodward Ave, ROYAL OAK 248-545-6630 Dr. Simon is the owner of Woodside Animal Clinic in Royal Oak, where he practices both alternative and conventional medicine on dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and rodents. He is the author of 4 pet care books. See ad page 40.


Adult enrichment classes in Yo g a , K i c k - f i t a n d Women’s self-defense. Traditional TaeKwon-Do training for ages 5 through seniors. Visit website for class schedule and offering. See ad page 38.

Complete Natural Lawn Application Products & Programs PO Box 874, Highland 248-889-7200 • We believe in protecting and preserving your family and home environment with natural fertilizers that use the power of nature to beautify your property. See ad page 35.


Showroom by Appointment/Farm Hills 866-720-7222 •

LISA PONICHTER • 248-321-0358

Feldenkrais® Method, Physical Therapy 3121 South Rochester Rd, Royal Oak

Sleep on a Green Dreams™ O rg a n i c a n d N a t u r a l Mattress as part of your healthy lifestyle. No fire retardant chemicals, made in the U.S., try locally before you buy. Sizes crib through king.Organic bedding and furniture also.

A physical therapist specializing in the Feldenkrais Method® optimizes posture, strength, flexibility and balance. Minimize pain, increase efficiency and fluidity while exploring gentle, transformative movement patterns which bring out your best.

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Waller Wellness Center • 248-844-1414 1854 W. Auburn, Ste. 400, Rochester Hills I provide treatment that goes b e y o n d t a l k t h e r a p y. EMDR, EFT, and Dual Brain Psychology are all advanced therapy techniques that allow individuals to work through negative feelings and patterns. The end result is more balance, a healthier perspective, and more enjoyment and satisfaction. 20 plus years’ experience of treating PTSD, anxiety, depression, emotional and relationship issues. See ad page 55.

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Sharon Meyer, RD 1854 W. Auburn, Ste. 400, Rochester Hills • 248-844-1414 Specializing in Functional Medicine, our nutritionist not only helps with common problems such as weight loss, food allergies and detoxification, but is also been trained to handle the most difficult issues such as autoimmunity, cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease. In addition, Our HCG program is one of the most comprehensive around. See ad page 55.

WEIGHT LOSS LONGEVITY HEALTH INSTITUTE Weight Loss & Nutritional Counseling Madison Heights • 248-548-3060 Rochester Hills • 248-289-6643

Victoria Robinson, BSc Psychology, MS Sports Psychology, ISSA Sports Nutrition. HCG, successful diet plans, food sensitivity and food allergy guidance, diet specific weight loss protocols, sports nutrition, Physician-based programs.


Charlyce Walsh, RN, BSAH, NP 3965 Telegraph Rd • Bloomfield Hills 248-792-5168 •

Losing weight doesn't have to be hard when you unlock the knowledge from your DNA. Capture your roadmap to successful weight loss. DNA report + Personal step by step system + Proven Weight loss/maintenance. See ad page 32.


Certified Advanced Rolfer® The Downing Clinic 5715 Bella Rose Blvd., Ste 100, Clarkston 248-625-6677 •

Continuous visibility at affordable monthly rates. For more information:

YOGA Santosha (Sanskrit): Contentment, peace, gratitude

Reiki Level II

Saturday, March 5, 2-5 pm

with Gina Ambrosia Call for details.

See the calendar in this magazine for our other classes and special events.

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Kathleen has over 25 years of Rolfing experience and uses her skills to increase motion and reduce pain for her patients.Rolfing® Structural Integration or SI, is a system of bringing the human body back into proper alignment through education and deep soft tissue manipulation. See ads pages 15, 17 & 19.

YOGA BODHI SEED YOGA & WELLNESS 81 Macomb Pl., Mt. Clemens 586-469-YOGA (9642)

Yoga & Wellness for every body including Yin, Basic, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hot Yo g a . We a l s o h a v e Massage & Reflexology T h e r a p i s t s . We o ff e r monthly workshops and Yoga Teacher Training as well.

NEIL KING PHYSICAL THERAPY Rocheser Hills • 248-853-7555 Novi • 248-513-3730

From Pediatrics to Geriatrics, our advanced, hands-on physical therapy techniques are so effective that physicians, chiropractors and even other physical therapists refer their most difficult cases to us. See ad page 9.

SOUND THERAPY SACRED WAVE GONG IMMERSIONS 301 W. Fourth St., Suite 490, Royal Oak 248-721-7094

Facilitated knowledgeably a n d r e s p o n s i b l y, i n respectful and loving space, you will engage in a process aligned with your own innate healing wisdom and in accordance with your own healing priorities.


2965 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley 248-556-0992 Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin and J i v a m u k t i Yo g a classes. Our space offers a warm, safe and peaceful environment to explore your practice. Teacher Training (RYT 200).


8373 Old 13 Mile Rd • Warren 248-563-8615 Whether you are practiced or new to yoga we offer yoga f o r e v e r y b o d y, nearby. Check our schedule for classes on our website.

Patients come to us every day with problems that other doctors have dismissed as untreatable or simply in their heads. We can help with: • Fatigue • Hair Loss • Brain Fog • Weight Gain • Mood Swings • Hormone Imbalance • Anxiety • Digestive Issues • Memory Loss • Insomnia • and much more…

Waller Wellness Center Building health. Transforming lives. Naturally.

Science-based Natural Solutions: We take a different approach. As Southeast Michigan’s largest integrative practice, our staff of board-certified professionals use the latest developments in diagnostic testing. This includes an exhaustive evaluation to UNCOVER THE ROOT CAUSE OF YOUR PROBLEM so we can recommend solutions that give lasting relief. natural awakenings

Our Functional Medicine services include:

n Hormone/Testosterone Replacement therapy for women and men n Intravenous Nutrient/Anti-oxidant therapy n Weight Loss Programs and HCG Diet n Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy n Massage & Craniosacral Therapy n Electromagnetic diagnostic & treatment devices n and much more!

Call 248-844-1414 today and see how we can help you Evening appointments available.

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March 2016 Natural Awakenings East Michigan